Right-to-work is on a fast track for passage before the Super Bowl. The state Senate approved the expedited calendar Thursday.
A Senate committee hearing on the House bill will take place Monday. If passed – as expected – the bill would go to the amendment process Tuesday and, if unchanged, be sent to the governor’s desk Wednesday. Senate President Pro Tem David Long says he’s aware that labor protesters might attempt to disrupt the Super Bowl because of Right to Work.
“I never knew whether to take that seriously or not, but given the opportunity to move this before the Super Bowl, I don’t see why we wouldn’t do it and just take that out of the equation,” Long says.
Normally, the Senate waits until it’s finished working on its own bills before considering legislation from the House. Minority Leader Vi Simpson says there’s no reason to fast track right-to-work.
“I think it’s ridiculous, it’s an insult to the procedures that we hold so dear here in the Senate,” Simpson says.
The governor’s office declined to comment on whether he’ll sign the bill before the Super Bowl while the legislative process is ongoing.